Walter Presents team launch new production company
Staff Reporter | On 27, Nov 2019Reading time: 1 mins
Walter Iuzzolino, Jo McGrath and Jason Thorp, the three founders and creative team behind the successful global drama company Walter Presents, are launching a new drama venture, called Eagle Eye Drama.
The new company will focus on producing English-language drama series inspired by hit foreign-language shows they have discovered and championed on Walter Presents channels around the world.
Eagle Eye Drama has the full backing of Channel 4, who will be investing through its Indie Growth Fund and taking a minority stake in the new company. Eagle Eye Drama has several dramas on its development slate and has already won two commissions from two broadcasters, projects which it will announce early next year.
Alongside the new venture the trio will continue to work across Walter Presents, as the successful global drama streaming service now in seven countries, continues to roll out into new territories. It launched on All 4 in 2016 and has racked up millions of views since.
Walter Iuzzolino, CEO of Eagle Eye Drama, says: “Walter Presents is uniquely placed to spot drama series with the potential to become stand out brands on the international stage and to identify the European creatives with the talent to produce beautifully crafted stories. The next logical step for us is to bring together the best drama ideas from around the world and the most inspiring production talent who can re-imagine them for a mainstream English-speaking audience.”
Alex Mahon, CEO of Channel 4, adds: “Walter’s passion, expertise and understanding of tastes in global TV drama is unrivalled, demonstrated by the huge success of Walter Presents. We’re very excited to extend our successful partnership with Walter, Jo and Jason as they expand into production to bring foreign TV gems even closer to British audiences through this innovative venture.”